Back to Minnesota!

Ahhh, after an exciting summer (so far!) it is nice to be home to relax and get our life organized again. River had a wonderful time in France- seemed to really enjoy “River’s bike” and all the action that seemed to be a constant around him while there. Then when they returned to the states, kyle and river went directly to the Adirondacks at my parents camp. With a week of CONSTANT attention from anyone who would have him, River was becoming mighty spoiled and seemed to forget how to play on his own. Since I have returned from my adventures in South Africa, River needs to have one of us by his side at all times. Kinda cute, but at this time we are trying to  “re-train” him so that all will be good before going back to daycare.

So with the passing of summer also came River’s 2nd birthday! I can’t believe how quickly these 2 years have gone. His actual birthday was a hard one for me, since it was the day that I left for South Africa and Kyle and River left back to the US of A. I hated it. But, in the end I think River was just fine, and I hope that someday I can teach River all that I have learned in that short time in S. Africa, since it was a lot.

So some new things that River is up to are:
~Making Choo choos with anything and everything he has in front of him. That’s my creative little boy.
~He is a parrot. Repeats everything, and I mean EVERYthing! This has gotten us in trouble a couple of times. 🙂
~Since he is repeating everything, he is talking a ton. Sentences are coming on strong.
~Still loves his balls. (he he:) No, really, now he’s into golf. Thanks to uncle bobby.
~He found a new game yesterday- we had our full laundry baskets  at the bottom of the stairs so he thought it would be fun to go pretty far up the stairs and dive head first into the clothes. Hmmmm… could he someday be a diver like his dada?
~Swimming is still a total joy for him. He loves the pool and never wants to leave.
~He is NOT going to know what to do if/when his little sister comes around! He is a attention hogger!

So, about the little sister…
We FINALLY got our 171-H! Yea! Happened about a week ago before I got home. Then, this past Monday I called our adoption agency to see if they also got a copy. No, of course not. So Kyle quickly drove up to their office and dropped it off so they could put all of our paperwork together. Even though Nepal is still a mess, and at this point, no children have left the country, I  have hope that it will happen. After visiting South Africa this summer and seeing such poverty, I was reminded about why I was doing this in the first place. We have been toying with the idea of switching countries to a more stable one, but by doing that we are going against my purpose of getting a child out of an orphanage in an poverty stricken country. So, after talking with my agency at length, with the understanding that we have NO idea how long this will take, we got our dossier sent to Nepal on Wednesday! Finally, it is out of our governments hands and into Nepal’s. Now, I know that doesn’t sound all that great, but at least it’s one step closer.

So, for those of you interested, here is some more information from a fellow adoption blogger. I hope this is true!
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I hope this update finds you all in good health. As you may all know, the Maoist party pulled out of the Government of Nepal on May 4, 2009. This was the result of an ongoing dispute between the Maoist leader, Prime Minister Dahal (Pranchandra) and President Ram Baran Yadav, who had resisted efforts to integrate former Maoist fighters into the military. After weeks of political turmoil, the Parliament elected Madhav Kumar of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) to be the new Prime Minister. He has the support of all 22 political parties.

When the Maoist Party pulled out of the government, each of their Ministers left their posts. This included the Minister´s position at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare. We are still waiting for the announcement of whom the new Minister will be. Why is it taking so long to appoint a new Minister? Good question. Here is what we believe is the hold up:

The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has been given to the Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) political party. There is a dispute as to who is the leader of this party. Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has claimed that the faction led by him is the official MJF. MJF Party Chairman Upendra also claims to be the leader of the official MJF. Due to this internal dispute, the MJF party cannot reach an agreement on the appointment of a new Minister.

Due to the absence of a Minister, the Ministry has not issued the most recent referrals they have made. Additionally, they have not issued notices of the approvals for the original 40 referrals that were issued to the families. We are hopeful that the MJF party will agree on an appointment of a new Minister here shortly. Many interested groups have been pushing for this and there is some speculation that a new Minister will be appointed here shortly. Let us all hope so..

We have been informed that more and more children are being registered with the Ministry. This is a good sign as it means more children will have an opportunity for a permanent loving family. Additionally, we believe that when the amount of registered children exceeds the number of prospective adoptive parents the Ministry will increase the number of dossiers agencies can file.

The Ministry has instituted a new numbering system when dossiers are registered. There is no rhyme or reason to their approach but the new system started with the number “1.” Previously the numerical system had lots of numbers that lead to a confusion as to how many dossiers were actually registered. With the new system we should have a better understanding of the number of waiting families.

We also understand that a good number of children´s homes have applied for licensing with the Ministry. The issuance of the new licenses should be coming soon. We are not sure if the Ministry will wait until a new Minister is appointed. We hope not. With the increase in the number of registered homes we should see an increase in the registering with the Ministry of children in need of permanency options.

The International Conference on Permanency Options for Orphans in Nepal has been postponed from August 1-2 to a date to be set in October. We are not sure of the exact date but are participating as a key sponsor for the event. We will let you know when the date is set.

We sincerely appreciate your continued patience in the reopening of adoptions in Nepal. As we learn more we will promptly update you.3694774592_0dcdd14f1d

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